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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:17 am

The rise of community colleges in Illinois

 Back in the 1960s, one community college opened every week in America. Illinois was part of that movement. This year, proclaimed by Governor Rauner as the “Year of the Community College,” ma...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:16 am
In the recent Republican caucus in Iowa, Ted Cruz won a close race over Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson and other candidates. These results were not predicted. It seems that the Cruz campaig...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:17 am
 Our next door neighbor on MacArthur was a nice lady named Mae Shaheen. She lived with her brother, George. They were the siblings of Joe Shaheen, who ran the Springfield Speedway.On race nights...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:23 am
Many people recognize the name of Jane Addams from high school history textbooks, but few know much else about this incomparable woman of 19th-century Illinois history. And she was hardly the only one...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:16 am
 Whoever wins next November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow. Maybe the new president wi...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:17 am
 One of my fellow students from the Springfield High School class of 1962 is retiring at the end of January. While most of us have already retired with little fanfare, this is a lady whose leavin...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:15 am
 I was at the comic book rack in Overaker’s drug store doing free reading and drinking a vanilla Coke (10 cents for the large size in 1960).My attention was caught by the conversation at a tabl...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:15 am
 Trucks: we see them every day on Illinois roads. We ride alongside them on the freeway. Many may be surprised to learn that the professional trucking industry has been a critical part of making...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:16 am
 Hilda, Ingrid, Helen and her younger brother, Siegfried, were new students. The three girls were placed in my eighth-grade class at St. Alphonsus, a large Catholic school in a blue-collar neighb...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:01 am
 The two-week negotiations came to a jubilant climax on Dec. 12 as 195 nations voted yes to a world climate accord. Tough negotiations, all-night sessions, citizen protests, good planning and dip...

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